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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Puzzle Mountain (attempt), ME
Trails
Trails: Grafton Loop Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 5, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking lot was well plowed and plenty of parking. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: N/A 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail for first 1 1/2 miles was cut by a couple of people on snowshoes. The rest was covered in snow, crusty snow with layer of about 1" of loose powder. Ice below the snow on boulders. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw 2 dogs on trail and they were loving it. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Grafton Loop Trail to SW Summit

Steep hike with more snow than I anticipated. The last 1 1/2 miles had not seen hikers since the last snow so trail was covered. Used Micro Spikes the entire way but last 1/2 mile would be better served with snowshoes. I rarely use poles but really glad I had them on the uncut trails. Staying on trail had you walking on top of crusty snow with light powder and no posthole. The last .1 mile when you are hitting the summit and the boulders, the snow was not as deep on them and there was a layer of ice underneath, we decided to turn around at that point (we did try to go around and loop above the boulders where not as steep of grade but snow there was deep and the crust layer did not hold us). Passed 9 people on the way down at noon near the ledges but no one after that general area. As temps warmed the snow did become soft but did not create any issues with micro spikes and snowballs. Got a really good workout.  
Name
Name: Jeni 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-01-05 
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